Uncovering the Remains of King Ramses II Temple

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An Egyptian-Czech Archaeological Mission uncovered the remains of King Ramses II Temple during excavation works carried out at Abusir archaeological site.

The discovery comes after the mission had found archaeological evidence that showed the existence of a temple in this area in 2012.

The temple is 32 x 51 meters wide and consists of mud brick foundations and a large forecourt that leads to the pillars hall where parts of it are painted in blue. At the rear end of the court, the mission found a staircase or ramp leading to a sanctuary. The back part is divided into three parallel chambers.

The remains of this building were covered by huge deposits of sand and chips of stones that bore fragments of polychrome reliefs of King Ramses II. In addition, relief fragments depicting scenes of the solar gods ”Amun”, “Ra” and “Nekhbet”.

The temple is the only evidence of King Ramses II’s presence in Memphis and confirms the continuation of worshipping the sun god “Ra” in the region of Abusir, which began in the fifth dynasty and continued until the era of the New Kingdom.

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